Joep Coenen, the General Manager of Newmont Goldcorp, Akyem Mine, has announced that Mr Joshua Mortoti, General Manager for Operations Services, would take over as General Manager of the Akyem Mine.
He announced this when the Newmont Goldcorp Akyem Mine organised a soirée for senior media practitioners in the Eastern Region to show appreciation to them for their continuous support in reporting their activities.
Mr Coenen said through the Newmont Akyem Development Foundation (NAkDeF), charity wing of the Newmont Akyem Mine, the company has provided GH¢250,000.00 to the Birim North District Assembly to facilitate the re-grading of the Abirem to Nkawkaw road and also to improve the Western Diversion of the road to Ntronang section of the New Abirem to Akim Oda road.
He said the Women and Allies Network wing of the company has launched the first phase of its ‘Read to Inspire’ project to promote the reading culture and increase literacy among the youth in communities where the mine is operating.
He said NAkDeF, in collaboration with its Mine Maintenance Team, has raised funds to donate a GH¢140,000.00 chemical analyzer and refurbished a laboratory for the New Abirem Government Hospital.
Mr Coenen said the mine has held a ground-breaking ceremony to commence the construction of a GH¢2.5million Vocational Training Institute to equip the youth with vocational and entrepreneurial skills to support sustainable community development in the Birim North District.
He said NAkDeF was also working towards raising $166,000 to fund the Adausena and Hweakwea Water Treatment project which would improve water quality and distribution within the two communities in Birim North District in the Eastern Region.
He expressed appreciation to all stakeholders and the media for the support shown to the company and expressed the hope that they would continue to support them by working together to create shared values for all.
Mr Maxwell Kudekor, Eastern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), thanked Newmont for hosting the media and expressed the hope that the relationship would be sustained.
Mr Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Regional Editor of the Ghanaian Chronicle, said the company was doing very well by sponsoring the GJA and called on the company to consider building a media personnel who specialize in gold mining reporting.
Mr Edmund Quaynor, Eastern Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), appealed to Newmont to support the training of Ghanaian youth in local production of some of the items that they import for their work.
He explained that such efforts could help in job creation and even long after Newmont has folded up, Ghana could be exporting such products abroad.